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SAN ANTONIO, TX – Rackspace® announced it has acquired RelationEdge®, a full-service Salesforce Platinum Consulting Partner and digital agency that helps clients engage with their customers from lead to loyalty by improving business process, leveraging technology, and integrating creative digital marketing.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications like Salesforce® are a growing component of many companies’ digital transformation journey. With this acquisition, Rackspace expands its ability to be a preferred partner for managing a customer’s complete application portfolio through continuous transition to modern technologies, including SaaS applications. Rackspace has built one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of IT services and expertise across applications, data, security, and infrastructure.


“We have acquired RelationEdge in response to the growing demand we’re hearing from customers,” said Gerard Brossard, EVP and general manager of Rackspace Application Services. “Enterprise and midmarket companies are increasingly deploying SaaS applications to enhance business processes across many departments, from sales and marketing to customer service, operations, HR, and finance. These applications are powerful, but also complex to implement and costly to continually keep up-to-date. RelationEdge further extends Rackspace’s unrivaled portfolio and expertise to help companies navigate and operate in the world of ever-changing IT.”

“The line between managed services and professional services is blurring. Enterprise customers want a trusted advisor who can help them navigate their end-to-end digital transformation journey as they adopt next generation SaaS environments” said Michelle Bailey, Group Vice President, General Manager and Research Fellow, IDC. “Rackspace’s acquisition of RelationEdge addresses this enterprise customer need and fits the evolving company strategy to be a leading IT services provider.”

Based in San Diego, CA where it was founded in 2013, RelationEdge has since opened offices in a dozen cities across the U.S. It is a growing and profitable business with 125 employees. Rackspace intends to operate the business with considerable independence under its current leadership and the RelationEdge brand, which is well known and respected among Salesforce’s leaders and customers.

“We are very proud of what we’ve built,” said Matt Stoyka, RelationEdge founder and CEO. “We’re also excited about what we still can achieve in this fast-growing market by joining forces with Rackspace. The two companies are a great fit culturally as both differentiate themselves through exceptional customer service. RelationEdge’s Process First, Technology Second® approach perfectly complements Rackspace’s approach to provide unbiased expertise across all leading technologies and to deliver the best-fit solution for each customer’s unique needs.”

“We are happy to see Rackspace and RelationEdge come together,” said Kori O’Brien, Senior Vice President, North America Alliances & Channels at Salesforce. “RelationEdge has been a valuable partner in the Salesforce ecosystem. The combination of RelationEdge’s unique process-first approach to solving business problems, and Rackspace’s transformation and technology expertise, will allow both companies to provide greater service and solutions to fuel customer success.”

Both companies are privately held, with Rackspace owned by affiliates of certain funds of Apollo Global Management, LLC and certain co-investors. RelationEdge was owned by its founders, its regional market leaders, and Tide Rock Ventures. Financial details are not being disclosed.

About Rackspace
Rackspace is a leading provider of IT as a service in today’s multi-cloud world. It delivers expert advice and integrated managed services across applications, data, security and infrastructure, including public and private clouds and managed hosting. Rackspace partners with every leading technology provider, including Alibaba, AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, Oracle, SAP, and VMware. The company is uniquely positioned to provide unbiased expertise on which technologies will best serve each customer’s needs. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide and has been honored by Fortune, Glassdoor and others as one of the best places to work. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Rackspace serves more than 140,000 business customers, including most of the Fortune 100, from data centers on five continents. Learn more at rackspace.com.

About RelationEdge
RelationEdge is a Salesforce Platinum Consulting Partner and Digital Agency that helps companies implement, customize and integrate Salesforce, and provides ongoing services and support to continually adapt the platform to meet changing business requirements. RelationEdge uses marketing and technology to get from lead to loyalty. For more information, please visit relationedge.com.

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TAMPA, FL – Hivelocity, a global provider of dedicated servers, cloud hosting, colocation and managed services, announced today the addition of AMD EPYC to its line of Instantly Deployable Dedicated Servers. Hivelocity currently offers 20 unique server configurations which deploy in minutes at their data centers in Tampa, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York City. Customers with more than a few minutes to spare can custom configure their servers with thousands of customizable options and same day deployment.

“For the last decade plus we have offered Intel Xeon servers exclusively to our customers. When AMD introduced it’s new line of EPYC processors we were skeptical. It is no secret that AMD has let down our industry before with previous attempts like Bulldozer. Not only have the EPYCs not been a disappointment, they have truly blown away our expectations. We have early adopter customers using EPYCs for months who are telling us they have gone from maxing out their previous Dual E5 Xeons to about 25% load on their new EPYCs,” according to Hivelocity’s COO, Steve Eschweiler. “We asked a 3rd party to run some bench mark tests on these AMD systems to provide customers with an unbiased impression of their performance. The results of these tests can be found at https://www.hivelocity.net/blog/amd-epyc-benchmarks/.”


Hivelocity provides high-performance data center services to thousands of customers from over 130 countries since 2002. In September of 2017 Hivelocity completed the acquisition of Rack Alley, an IaaS provider with data centers in Los Angeles. AMD recently conducted a case study on Hivelocity which can be found at – https://www.amd.com/Documents/Delive…h-AMD-EPYC.pdf

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REDWOOD CITY, CA & LONDON – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced it will expand its LD4 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center at its London Slough campus. The new phase supports the continued growth of the world’s largest multi-asset class electronic trading ecosystem which consists of a robust collection of interconnected execution venues, trading platforms, market data vendors, service providers, buy-side firms, and sell-side firms. The new $39 million USD (£29M GBP) expansion is scheduled to open Q4 2018.

The new expansion of the LD4 data center will enable customers to interconnect securely with 1,000+ businesses in London including leading capital markets participants, insurers and electronic payments firms, as well as 200+ network service providers and 275+ cloud and IT service providers. Today LD4 has 3,777 cabinets in approximately 10,000 square meters of colocation area; the expansion will add an additional 1,075 cabinets in approximately 3,300 square meters of colocation area.


Leading financial services companies such as Nasdaq leverage Equinix’s global interconnection platform — Platform Equinix™ — to securely transact with ecosystem participants. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, Nasdaq has deployed with Equinix in LD4 in London, as well as New York City for close proximity to customers and partners who demand high performance, low latency connectivity. This private connectivity allows for sharing large amounts of data with multiple stakeholders through private business exchanges, securely bypassing the public internet completely.

According to the Global Interconnection Index, interconnection bandwidth in Europe is expected to grow to reach 1450+Tbps by 2020, contributing more than a quarter of interconnection bandwidth globally. Banking and Insurance is expected to grow to reach 955+ Tbps of interconnection bandwidth by 2020. Furthermore, London is set to quadruple its private data exchange from 114 Tbps to 486 Tbps.

With over 90 network service providers and access to a range of transatlantic cables, the London Slough campus is one of the busiest network nodes in the UK, and offers latency in the region of 30 milliseconds to New York and 4 milliseconds to Frankfurt, making it an ideal high-performance hub for electronic trading, as well as cloud and content service provision.

Equinix will be hosting a full day event on May 16 in London called “Innovation through Interconnection”. The event will feature presentations and panel discussions on trends such as how multicloud and hyperscale computing, IoT and digital payments are changing the way businesses operate and interconnect. Speakers include executives from Nasdaq, Cobalt, JustEat, European Connected Health Alliance, CGI, Jaguar Land Rover, Hitachi Vantara, Perform Media and Colt. For more information, visit https://eqix.it/ITI18

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. In 52 markets worldwide, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. www.equinix.com.

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RESTON, VA & HOCKESSIN, DE – Internap Corporation (NASDAQ:INAP), a leading provider of high-performance data center services including colocation, cloud and network, and DediPath, a provider of infrastructure as a service (laaS), today announced a multi-year colocation and IP transit agreement in INAP’s New York/New Jersey metro area data center.

DediPath is committed to providing 100% uptime across its network infrastructure, with continuous availability and functionality.


“With the expansion of our service offerings we needed to find a facility that could both support our rapid growth as well as provide redundant infrastructure and 100% uptime. INAP’s Secaucus facility fit the bill for us with its purpose-built data center”, stated Ernie Quick, DediPath’s CTO.

“Additionally, with INAP’s ‘Performance IP mix’ DediPath is able to provide high bandwidth and low latency servers with up to 10Gbps connectivity,” said Quick.

“INAP is pleased to welcome Dedipath as a customer in our New York/New Jersey metro area data center,” said Corey Needles, INAP USA’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. “INAP data centers are a strong fit for companies in the IaaS space. These customers recognize INAP meets their infrastructure needs due to our patented, route-optimized connectivity to the cloud exchanges, high power density and agility to rapidly stand up a footprint which enables them to hyper-scale their infrastructure as they grow.”

About INAP
Internap Corporation (NASDAQ:INAP) is a leading provider of high-performance data center services, including colocation, cloud and network. INAP partners with its customers, who range from the Fortune 500 to emerging start-ups, to create secure, scalable and reliable IT infrastructure solutions that meet the customer’s unique business requirements. INAP operates in 57 primarily Tier 3 data centers in 21 metropolitan markets and has 98 POPs around the world. INAP has over 1 million gross square feet under lease, with over 500,000 square feet of data center space. For more information, visit www.inap.com.

About DediPath
DediPath is a provider of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering dedicated server hosting, virtual private servers, hybrid servers, colocation, and managed services. With a collective 50+ years in IT, managed services, and colocation experience DediPath’s founders are focused on creating a strong brand that is focused on providing the best service and support at a highly competitive price.

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MANASSAS, VA – Leading cloud service provider Leaseweb USA today announces it has acquired ServInt, a Northern Virginia-based pioneer in web hosting and leading provider of managed hosting services for cloud IT operations. ServInt was founded in 1995 and has since become a renowned brand in the US cloud and hosting industry. The acquisition supports Leaseweb in its ambition to increase its footprint and customer base in the United States, as well as adding deep expertise in the large and growing third-party managed services market. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Leaseweb USA, part of Leaseweb Global, entered the United States market in 2011 and has since grown its presence both organically and through the acquisitions of Shore.net in 2013 and Nobis Technology Group in 2016. Through the addition of ServInt, Leaseweb USA is substantially increasing its footprint in the United States. Current ServInt customers can instantly benefit from the Leaseweb services offering and its global presence through its 19 datacenters across four continents.


In conjunction with its web hosting offerings, ServInt provides end-to-end solutions for public, private and hybrid cloud-based offerings. These include AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud solutions. Also, ServInt offers consultancy and IT extension services. Leaseweb USA has brought all ServInt employees on board. By adding the very skilled team to its staff, Leaseweb USA has expanded its capabilities to create a value proposition for customers looking for managed IT services at a competitive price.

Lex Boost, CEO of Leaseweb USA, says: “We are delighted to welcome the ServInt team to Leaseweb to further strengthen our position in the USA. They hold a phenomenal track record on servicing and retaining their customers and their philosophy that a strong team makes a strong company fits ours seamlessly. With ServInt we added another building block to become a leading cloud services provider in the United States.”

Reed Caldwell, Founder & CEO at ServInt, adds: “Leaseweb and ServInt are very similar in many ways. In the mid-nineties, we both saw the potential of the internet and decided to make a business out of it. Twenty plus years on we can look back on some great achievements. I’m proud that ServInt is now joining the Leaseweb family, giving clients access to the same experts and services they’re used to, whilst having the ability to take advantage of a strong, global operation in Leaseweb.”

About Leaseweb
Leaseweb is a leading Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider serving a worldwide portfolio of 17,500 customers ranging from SMBs to Enterprises. Services include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated Servers, Colocation, Content Delivery Network, and Cyber Security Services supported by exceptional customer service and technical support. With more than 80,000 servers under management, Leaseweb has provided infrastructure for mission-critical websites, Internet applications, email servers, security, and storage services since 1997. The company operates 19 data centers in locations across Europe, Asia and North America, all of which are backed by a superior worldwide network with a total capacity of more than 5.5 Tbps. Leaseweb offers services through its various subsidiaries, which are Leaseweb Netherlands B.V. (“Leaseweb Netherlands”), Leaseweb USA, Inc. (“Leaseweb USA”), Leaseweb Asia Pacific PTE. LTD (“Leaseweb Asia”), Leaseweb CDN B.V. (“Leaseweb CDN”), Leaseweb Deutschland GmbH (“Leaseweb Germany”), Leaseweb Australia Ltd. and Leaseweb UK Ltd.

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There’s a new SOC audit standard in town – and you need to know what it is and means if you’re to make an informed decision about your hosting company. For years, SSAE16 has been the go-to standard for data centers and secure vendors. It consists of three primary segments. SOC1 is tied to financial reporting – we won’t discuss that here, as it’s not really relevant to what we’re focused on. SOC2, meanwhile, is all about a business’s reporting as it pertains to information processing, system confidentiality, data integrity, and cybersecurity. Lastly, SOC3 covers the security controls in place with the aforementioned. Though it’s not a certification as some hosts might have you believe, it’s still as good an auditing tool as there ever was to demonstrate that a vendor is serious about protecting client data. Recently, however, there’s been a new kid on the block. A new set of auditing guidelines has started making the rounds – and you should most definitely be aware of…
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